1. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior at the Plaza Theatre (Friday, Dec. 20)

Cinema Fantastique screens the feel-good, seasonal classic at the Plaza. I suppose you could argue that Santa is a kind of road warrior, but in truth, this flick is not a Christmas movie. It is, however, set in a warmer clime than ours. That alone is worth the price of admission ($10). If you go, bring a couple of non-perishable items for the food bank.

2. The Shortest Day at the CommunityWise Resource Centre (Saturday, Dec. 21)
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The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers teams up with Telefilm Canada to host an evening of short films on the longest night of the year. Celebrate the solstice with a slate of nine shorts, including Edmond Was a Donkey (above). The fun is aimed at those over the age of 13 and begins at 7 p.m. The CommunityWise Resource Centre is at 223 12th Ave. S.W.

3. A Soulful Christmas at the Drum and Monkey (Saturday, Dec. 21)

Ask Santa for a new pair of dancing shoes, then go and shake the old ones for the final time. The playlist is all soul, so Marvin Gaye, a.k.a. the Prince of Soul, will also serve as the Ghost of Christmas Past.

4. A Perfectly Frank Christmas at River Church Park Church (Sunday, Dec. 22)

Needless to say, Old Blue Eyes will be there only in spirit when the Calgary Jazz Orchestra plays his seasonal tunes. It’s a pretty safe bet that the musicians will want you to have yourself a merry little Christmas.

5. Stewart Huff at The Comedy Cave until Sunday, Dec. 22

The standup comic will send you into the holidays with a smile on your face. (Don’t play the above video at work. It just might turn your holiday into an extended layoff.) Huff is a talented guy, and at this time of  year he also serves as an antidote to treacly seasonal entertainment.

—Bruce Weir

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